Ford recalls 350,000 SUVs due to unexplained engine fires, including some sold in Canada

Ford is asking owners of 350,000 2021 model year SUVs to take them to dealerships for repairs because the engines may catch fire.

Ford says in U.S. government documents released Thursday that it doesn’t know what’s causing the fires in certain 2021 model year Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

2,863 vehicles were sold in Canada: 2,354 Expeditions and 509 Navigators.

Owners are advised to park them outside if possible as engine fires have been reported even when the vehicles were not in use.

Ford reported 16 underhood fires, 12 of which started when the engine was turned off. One person was burned.

Try to inform customers

So far, it hasn’t developed a fix for the fires, which appear to be starting in the rear of the engine bay on the passenger side.

Ford says it is addressing the recall as a matter of urgency and will use apps and email to notify customers as soon as it develops a list of vehicle owners and addresses.

“We are working around the clock to determine the root cause of this issue and the subsequent remedy so customers can continue to enjoy their vehicles,” Jeffrey Marentic, general manager of Ford passenger vehicles, said in a statement.

Ford began investigating the fire reports on March 24. It says the fires appear to be limited to SUVs built between Dec. 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. The company says it has no reports of fires from vehicles built before or after those dates.